Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Coakley Witnesses Assault on Reporter...
carried out by one of her campaign aids/consultants (Michael Meehan) and does nothing but scurry away! Wake up Mass. Democrats... attack a reporter who asks a tough question?! And isn't Democrat candidate and current Mass. Attorney General Coakley complicit in that she witnessed and left the scene of an assault and battery against a member of the press (simply asking a question) committed by one of her people acting on her behalf? Full story at The Weekly Standard and at Boston Herald.com.
Video of the incident:
UPDATE #1: Here's the latest by Daniel Foster from National Review Online...
Michael Meehan, the man accused of strong-arming Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack for asking a tough question of Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley, was nominated by President Obama for a seat on the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a semi-autonomous government body that oversees U.S. civilian international broadcasts such as Voice of America and Radio Free Europe....
... Meehan is not mere campaign muscle, but a well-connected political operative who worked for a number of high-profile national Democrats. According to a POLITICO bio, he has held top communications posts at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). He has also worked as an adviser to Sens. John Kerry (D., Mass) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.), as chief of staff to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D., Wash.), and as political director for former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.
According to his LinkedIn profile and a web bio at Virillion Strategies, where he serves as senior vice-president, Meehan worked for NARAL Pro-Choice America in 2003, as “Vice President of Strategy and Politics.”
Meehan was reportedly on-loan to the Coakley campaign from the DSCC to “assist the Coakley camp with messaging.”
UPDATE #2: Coakley says, "Are you going to believe me or you're lying eyes??"
She claims she knows nothing about this incident and didn't see it happen...
Uh, see photo above^
UPDATE #3: After many reports by the MSM that he did not shove or trip The Weekly Standard reporter John McCormack, Michael Meehan admits and apologizes to McCormack:
Last evening I was a little too aggressive in the confusion of trying to help the Attorney General get to her car and catch a flight.
I clearly did not intend to cause John McCormack to trip and fall over that low fence. As the video shows and he confirms in his blog, I stopped to help him up and make sure he was OK.
I talked with Mr. McCormack this afternoon and apologized for my part.
... I wonder if Democrat candidate Coakley is still in the dark about what happened?